Ah, autumn. It’s just a week away now… and that crisp fall air will sure feel refreshing after the sticky days of summer.
And while those first colorful leaves may have already started to swirl through the air, there’s something else out there that you CAN’T see.
And it’s just biding its time, waiting to weasel its way into your lungs, especially if you live anywhere that doesn’t rely on horse-drawn carriages traveling down dirt roads.
I'm talking about tailpipe toxins.
Cars and trucks spew tiny airborne particles (called "PM2.5") and toxic gases (including nitrogen dioxide, or "NO2") into the air.
And according to a new study, breathing in even LOW levels of these toxins can up your chances of one of the deadliest conditions around: heart failure.
Fortunately, you don’t need to seal yourself inside a human-sized bubble or hyperbaric chamber – because there’s an easy vitamin trick that can neutralize as much as three-quarters of the potential damage to your ticker.
And it just may be the excuse you’re looking for to eat more meat.
In the study, researchers in London found unusual changes in the structure of the hearts of folks who’d been exposed to PM2.5 and NO2.
More specifically, the chambers (a.k.a. "ventricles") that pump blood through the heart were SWOLLEN.
Not a whole lot, mind you -- but enough to mimic the kind of swelling that we usually only see in the early stages of heart failure.
What's more, the higher their exposure to pollutants from cars and trucks, the more heart swelling they had.
Now, the study didn't explain WHY their hearts had started to blow up like balloons -- but we know from previous studies that air pollution can wreak havoc inside your organs by ramping up inflammation and oxidative stress.
And these particles are known for upping your risk of everything from lung troubles to Alzheimer's disease.
That’s pretty bad, but here's the kicker: NONE of these folks were exposed to levels of air pollution that were higher than what the government deems "safe."
That means that you don't have to live in Smog City to get socked in the heart by polluted air!
In fact, even if you live out in the country or in the sprawl of suburbia, it's hard to escape these toxins entirely.
You could invest in a quality air purifier with a HEPA filter, but you can’t take that with you wherever you go.
What happens when you leave the house? And you DO want to leave the house at some point.
All you’ve got to do is take B vitamins -- specifically, folic acid, B6, and B12. Studies have shown that they can offset the effects of PM2.5 by as much as 76 percent.
Take a B-complex supplement and go Paleo, the approach to eating that focuses on vitamin B-rich foods like liver, chicken, nuts, fish, and eggs.